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Pirro Ligorio
Lot No. 96 
Pirro Ligorio

Pirro Ligorio

(Naples 1514–1583 Ferrara) Hercules at the organ, pen and brown ink, brown wash, on laid paper, framing lines in pen and black ink, 25,2 x 20 cm, inscribed “Herocle trovo et scrisse dell’organi et della draulica et delle machine dette aphtomate, che per forza acqua o di huomini con accidentie di ruote si moveno, tanto nelle cose di fistule da suonare come del’horelogi et altre chiamate pegmata. Nelle quali Daedale Ateniese et Scynno haveano dato principio.” In pen and brown ink at lower margin, browned, somewhat stained, damaged, mounted, unframed, (Sch)

The attribution to Pirro Ligorio was confirmed by Linda Wolk-Simon and Ginette Vagenheim on the basis of a photograph. The drawing will be included in the forthcoming monograph on Ligorio, which is in preparation.

Literature: For comparable drawings by Pirro Ligorio see: Stefano L’Occaso, “On some drawings by Pirro Ligorio from his Ferrarese and Mantuan Periods.”, in: Master drawings Vol. 51 n.2, 2013, pp. 181–188.

Specialist: Mag. Astrid-Christina Schierz

Pirro Ligorio
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  • realized price**
    EUR 25,000
    USD 28,500
  • estimate
    EUR 3,000 to 4,000
    USD 3,450 to 4,550

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Master Drawings, Prints before 1900, Watercolours, Miniatures
Date: 02.04.2015, 16:00
Location: Palais Dorotheum Vienna
Exhibition: 26.03. - 02.04.2015

**Purchase price incl. all charges, commissions and taxes

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